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Mar 10 2009

Cowboy baby by Sue Heap

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Animated DVD read by Kevin Whately. Walker Books, 2008.
(Age 2-5) Cowboy Baby won't go to bed unless he has all his toys with him so Sheriff Pa sends him off to find Texas Ted, Denver dog and Hank the Horse. He puts on his hat and boots and goes out into the desert to find his friends. But even when he has them, he decides that it isn't time to go to bed and plays hide and seek with Sheriff Pa.
The whimsical story is beautifully illustrated with the bright bold reds, oranges, greens and blues of the desert landscape, and simple line drawings for the people. Cowboy Baby is delightfully cute with a large, round head and a tiny hat, and his toys have gorgeous grins on their faces. The print is large and bold.
This tale would be respond very well to being read aloud. An animated DVD of the story, read by Kevin Whately, who has a beautiful rich voice, is a welcome addition to a delightful story. A great story for bedtime, or afternoon rest time.
Pat Pledger

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